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Comment: Re:Then I guess you could say... (Score 1) 222

by TheRealQuestor (#47914899) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

The feeling of knowing what you're seeing or hearing is fake is indescribable.

Odd I seem to remember, in my youth, that acid was pretty much that to a T and I can describe it as pretty awesome.
That said I KNEW why it was happening and I am sure that is much different that having it happen for no good reason :(

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 4, Informative) 53

by TheRealQuestor (#47906831) Attached to: Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

If someone wants me to type in my account and then my password I won't

I really won't

Common sense tells me that no one has any right to demand me to type in my account name/number and then my password

That is why I do not understand why there _are_ people who are simply void of any common sense

Ain't there enough stories of scams already? Why can't those people learn _anything_ from the mistakes of others?

Except in this case it does not. It asks for your name and email. Nowhere does it say anything about a password.

Comment: Re:RAID? (Score 3, Informative) 256

by TheRealQuestor (#46779009) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Doesn't creating a striped RAID make up most of the performance issues from using a HDD over a SSD? At that point, it's more the bus or CPU that's a limiting factor?

No. My raid0 and Raid5 setups don't even come CLOSE to comparing to my SSDs. I've been running 2 SSD Raid0 and OMG the speed diff is absolutly crazy. Yes when one does all data is toast and they DO die. I was dumb and bought 3 OCZ drives and all 3 have died at least once in the last 1.5 years but the replacements have held up pretty well. I totally expect to lose one at any time so I have really good backups of my C: Drive :) everything else goes on my spinny platters.

Comment: Re:Knock it off with the word inflation! (Score 1) 77

by TheRealQuestor (#46680149) Attached to: 3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

A remote controlled airplane is not a UAV. A remote controlled multi-rotor is not a drone.

technically it is. Anything that flies without a pilot is an Unmanned Arial Vehicle. Be it a fixed wing or helicopter or multi-rotor

That said to it always ticks me off when somebody calls my quads or hexes drones. They are NOT drones. Drones [in my mind anyway] are killing/spying machines used by the military. Mine are Multi-Rotors. Hobby level flying bricks that just happen to have cameras on them. And not for spying. So I can watch my flights and see what I did wrong.

Comment: Re:Farmers will be one target market. (Score 1) 56

by TheRealQuestor (#46355641) Attached to: Inside Chris Anderson's Open-Source Drone Factory
I own 2 APM's, one on my quad, and one of my hex, and they are AWESOME bit of kits. Fun as all get out to fly, and when I want to do some easy flying missions they do that very well as well. For a hundred dollar flight controller they do as much or more than many costing up to 10 times as much.
And while I'm not a huge fan of 3DR, the fact they are open source, allows me to get Clones that are just as good and not have to deal with 3DR directly, so it is a win win for me ::)

Comment: Re:Machines (Score 1) 162

by TheRealQuestor (#46308331) Attached to: Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

It seems possible that guy bacteria affects nutrient absorption, and that affects brain activity. The studies so far have not focused on mechanisms of action, just showing that the effect does exist. For all we know, those poor mice had that constant, gnawing hunger that couldn't be satiated. And that's why they couldn't think clearly.

seems a little sexist to me. maybe more than 1/2 of all bacteria is female. :)

+ - Web Admins Fight Back Against Surveillance->

Submitted by jlb.think
jlb.think (1719718) writes "Dear Internet Users and Slashdot horde:

In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat, one that again undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.

In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.

Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight."

Link to Original Source

+ - Slashdot Beta Woes 16

Submitted by s.petry
s.petry (762400) writes "What is a Slashdot and why the Beta might destroy it?

Slashdot has been around, well, a very long time. Longer than any of it's competators, but not as long as IIRC. Slashdot was a very much one of the first true social media web sites.

On Slashdot, you could create a handle or ID. Something personal, but not too personal, unless you wanted it to be. But it was not required either. We know each other by our handles, we have watched each other grow as people. We may have even taken pot shots at each other in threads. Unless of course you are anonymous, but often we can guess who that really is.

One of Slashdot's first motto's was "News for Nerds" that Matters. I have no idea when that was removed. I have not always scoured the boards here daily, life can get too busy for that. That excuses my ignorance in a way. I guess someone thought it politically incorrect, but most of us "Nerds" enjoyed it. We are proud of who we are, and what we know. Often we use that pride and knowledge to make someone else look bad. That is how we get our digs in, and we enjoy that part of us too. We don't punch people, we belittle them. It's who we are!

What made Slashdot unique were a few things. What you will note here is "who" has been responsible for the success of Slashdot. Hint, it has never been a just the company taking care of the servers and software.

— First, the user base submitted stories that "they" thought mattered. It was not a corporate feed. Sure, stories were submitted about companies. The latest break through from AMD and Intel, various stories regarding the graphic card wars, my compiler is better than your compiler, and yes your scripting language stinks! Microsoft IIS has brought us all a few laughs and lots of flame wars to boot. Still, we not only read about the products but get to my second point.

— User comments. This is the primary why we have been coming here for as long as we have, many of us for decades. We provide alternative opinions or back what was given in the article. This aspect not only makes the "News" interesting, but often leads to other news and information sharing. It's not always positive, but this is the nature of allowing commentary. It also brings out the third point.

— Moderation. Moderation has been done by the community for a very long time. It took lots of trial and error to get a working system. As with any public system it's imperfect, but it's been successful. People can choose to view poorly modded comments, but don't have to. As with posting anonymous versus with our own handle it's an option that allows us to personalize the way we see and read what's on the site. And as a reward for submitting something worth reading, you might get a mod point of your own to use as a reward for someone else.

Why we dislike Beta and what is being pushed, and why this will result in the end of an era if it becomes forced on the community.

1. Bulky graphics. We get that Dice and Slashdot need revenue. I have Karma good enough to disable advertisements, but have never kept this setting on. I realize that Slashdot/Dice make money with this. That said, the ads sit away from my news and out of the way. I can get there if I want it (but nobody has ever gotten a penny from me clicking an ad... nobody!), but it's not forced into my face or news feed.

2. Low text area. I like having enough on my screen to keep me busy without constant scrolling. Slashdot currently has the correct ratio of text to screen. This ratio has never been complained about, yet Beta reduces the usable text area by at least 1/2 and no option for changing the behavior. I hate reading Slashdot on mobile devices because I can't stand scrolling constantly.

3. JavaScript. We all know the risks of JS, and many of us disable it. We also have an option of reading in Lync or non-standard browsers that many of us toy with for both personal and professional reasons. This flexibility is gone in Beta, and we are forced to allow JS to run. If you don't know the risks of allowing JS to run, you probably don't read much on Slashdot. Those that allow JS do so accepting the risk (which is admittedly low on a well known site).

4. Ordering/Sorting/Referencing. Each entry currently gets tagged with a unique thread ID. This allows linking to the exact post in a thread, not just the top of the thread. In Beta this is gone. It could be that the site decided to simply hide the post ID or it was removed. Either way, going to specific posts is something that is used very commonly by the community.

5. Eye candy. Most of us are not here for "eye candy" and many have allergic reactions to eye candy. Slashdot has a good mix currently. It's not as simple as the site starting with a r-e-d-i-t, which is good. That site has a reputation that keeps many of us away, and their format matches my attitude of them (s-i-m-p-l-e-t-o-n). At the same time, it's not like watching some other "news" sites with so much scrolling crap I can't read an article without getting a headache. The wasted space in beta for big bulky borders, sure smells like eye candy. Nothing buzzes or scrolls yet, but we can sense what's coming in a patch later.

The thing is, the community cares about Slashdot. We come here because we care. We submit stories because of that, we vote because of that, we moderate because of that, and we comment because of that. At the same time we realize that without the community Slashdot loses most of its value. We respect that we don't host the servers, backup the databases, or patch the servers. Slashdot/Dice provide the services needed for Slashdot.

It's a give give relationship, and we each get something in return. Slashdot gets tons of Search hits and lots of web traffic. We get a place to learn, teach, and occasionally vent.

Look, if you want to change default color scheme or make pre-made palettes for us to choose from, we would probably be okay with that. If you want to take away our ability to block ads by Karma, or move the ads to the left side of my browser window, I would be okay with those things too.

If you want to make drastic changes to how the site works, this is a different story all together. The reason so many are against Beta is that it breaks some of the fundamental parts of what makes Slashdot work.

User input until recently has not been acknowledged. The acknowledgment we have received is not from the people that are making the decision to push Beta live. We told people Beta was broken, what it lacked, and we were rather surprised to get a warning that Beta would be live despite what we told people. People are already making plans to leave, which means that Slashdot could fade away very soon.

Whether this was the goal for Dice or not remains to be seen. If it is, it's been nice knowing you but I won't be back. A partnership only works when there is mutual respect between the parties. A word of caution, us Nerds have good memories and lots of knowledge. The loss of Slashdot impacts all of Dice holdings, not just Slashdot. I boycott everything a company holds, not just the product group that did me wrong.

If that was not the goal of Dice, you should quickly begin communicating with the user base. What are the plans are to fix what Beta has broken? Why is Beta being pushed live with things broken? A "Sorry we have not been communicating!", and perhaps even a "Thank you" to the user base for helping make Slashdot a success for so many years."

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